If you are planning a recording project, it's a good idea to purchase a drive to store it on. The studio has lots of drive space, and we can easily store several concurrent album projects, but in the end you'll want to have a drive of your own to store it on. In general, you want a 7200 r.p.m. drive that is somewhere between 500 gigabytes and 1 terabyte. Larger sizes are OK, though you won't need that much space for your project; typical album projects take up anywhere from 100 to 250 gigabytes of space. Just remember, the bigger the drive, the more stuff disappears when it fails, as all drives eventually must.
You might also want to consider a backup drive. There is nothing worse than spending lots of time, money and effort, only to see it disappear on a failed drive. The digital world brings may conveniences, but one of the major problems is that data is essentially ephemeral. Keeping it alive is a committment.
USB 2 drives are not recommended, and SATA-only drives cannot be connected to our system. Firewire, USB 3 or Thunderbolt are all OK. Solid state drives (SSD) are also a great option, and may in the end outlast most spinning-disk drives.
The drive should be for the exclusive use of your recording project, and should be formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) using the Disk Utility found in the Utilities folder on any modern Macintosh. If you bring your drive to us directly from the store, we will format it for you.
Please do not format your drive using the new Macintosh APFS file system. Maybe in a couple of years after everyone is on it...
If you want to use your session on a Windows machine running Pro Tools, you may format the drive using FAT32. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the drive be formatted using NTFS, as we will not be able to write to the drive. Note that if your drive is formatted FAT32, we will record the session using our drives and transfer the session to your drive.
Our favorite drives for recording work are made by Glyph Technologies. They are a bit more expensive than most drives, but they are very well built and extremely reliable and have the best warranty of any drive manufactured today. Your recording is a precious investment of time, money and artistic resources - why entrust it to a cheap drive?